U.S. code "1907. Title 8, U.S.C. 1324(a)" states this:
"Harboring -- Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who -- knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation."There is no question that these mayors and police chiefs in these cities, are both "knowing", and "in reckless" disregard of illegals in their communities.
Further, this U.S. code also states:
"The basic statutory maximum penalty for violating 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(i) and (v)(I) (alien smuggling and conspiracy) is a fine under title 18, imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both."Additionally:
"...the basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years, unless the offense was committed for commercial advantage or private financial gain, in which case the maximum term of imprisonment is 10 years."More importantly, there is provision of the law:
"...if the violation results in the death of any person, the defendant may be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years."Someone might remind San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee of that latter provision. He was the mayor when Kathryn Steinle lost her life to a gunshot from an illegal alien in that declared "santuary city". In fact, statistically, there are more than 820,000 criminal illegals in this country; of which 84% have either committed felonies and/or serious misdemeanors. That's one-in-twelve who have violated our laws since they originally violated the law by coming into the country illegally.
In my opinion, arresting and trying mayors like Bill DeBlasio (New York City), Rahm Emanuel (Chicago), and Ed Lee (San Francisco) would be a much more powerful message than simply stripping their federal funds.
Trump wants to strip federal funding from 'sanctuary cities': http://nypost.com/2017/01/25/trump-to-strip-federal-funding-from-sanctuary-cities/
U.S. code "1907. Title 8, U.S.C. 1324(a): https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-1907-title-8-usc-1324a-offenses
Mayors pledge to defend ‘sanctuary cities’ against Trump: http://nypost.com/2016/11/15/mayors-pledge-to-defend-sanctuary-cities-against-trump/
Family of woman killed by illegal immigrant files claims against San Francisco: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/1/kathryn-steinle-family-suing-san-francisco-over-he/
Report: 820,000 criminal illegals, 84% with felonies, serious misdemeanors: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-820000-criminal-illegals-84-with-felonies-serious-misdemeanors/article/2609915